With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, there are going to be a lot of parties. Chances are you are gearing up with your green garb and are attending or hosting a party. While the spirit of this holiday is fun to celebrate, it does not come without risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 266 fatalities occurred between 2010 to 2014 due to drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day.
Not only can serious injuries and fatalities occur, but hefty fines, jail time and license suspension are likely consequences especially because Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. Learn how to prevent a DUI during St. Patrick’s Day.
1. Alternate transportation
The best and simplest way to avoid getting a DUI during St. Patrick’s Day is to arrange a designated driver if you are planning to drink. If you do not have a designated driver, taking public transportation such as the bus or train is helpful. Last but not least, you can get home safely with ride-sharing apps at your fingertips.
2. Give your keys
If you are planning a night of partying, consider leaving your keys at home or giving them to a trusted friend before you start drinking green beer. You might think you will never drive drunk, but if you have your keys on you, you might be tempted. It is best to keep your car keys away from yourself until the morning.
3. Know the laws
While it is common knowledge that driving under the influence is illegal, it is important to know more details about Arizona DUI laws, such as:
- First time offenders get mandatory jail time.
- All convicted drivers are required to get an ignition interlock device installed following license suspension.
- Even drivers under the BAC limit of 0.08 percent can be convicted due to discretion and judgment of law enforcement officers and the court.
- The BAC limit for underage drivers is 0.00 percent, meaning there is zero tolerance.
Arizona officers are always present with full force during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Knowing these laws can deter you from driving drunk or protecting your interests if charged with a DUI.
If you are lucky and driving drunk does not result in a serious accident, it can lead to serious consequences for your criminal and driving records. Getting arrested for a DUI in Arizona is a serious issue that requires careful consideration. Contact a DUI defense attorney for advice about your case.